NEW Millwall boss Steve Lomas wants to take his players to an overseas training camp during pre-season to strengthen team spirit.
Lomas is planning a week-long break in July for his squad, most likely somewhere in Europe, so that they can undertake some warm-weather training and play in practice matches.
Former manager Kenny Jackett had not been planning a trip abroad prior to his resignation.
Lomas said: "We are trying to find somewhere to get away for five or six days so we can get to know each other. It will be a chance for the players to learn what I'm all about and for me to learn about them.
"I am very big on team spirit – I am all for the lads going to play golf together and stuff like that. When players are friendly they look after each other. If you can get that, it certainly creates harmony in the dressing room."
Lomas has also admitted that the prospect of taking over at The Den was an irresistible one – even though it meant leaving St Johnstone, where he had become popular during his 18-month tenure.
"Once Millwall made it be known that they wanted me, there wasn't much of decision to be made," he said. "I spoke with the chairman and Andy Ambler and there were no issues whatsoever. That was it.
"I had to be respectful of St Johnstone because they gave me my opportunity – although I like to think that I repaid them. Everything was done professionally.
"It was difficult to leave on one hand because the lads up there were a great bunch to work with – that's the stuff managers really love, working with the players to make them better, and getting a shift out of them in return.
"Everybody wants to manage as high as they can. I think I've gone about things the right way – I did all of my badges and worked in non-league for 15 months under the glare of the spotlight before moving onto St Johnstone. I feel it's the right time for me to step up."
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